Dwight Smith, Jr.
Acquired: Drafted in the supplemental first round (#53 overall) of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft (TOR).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|Hitting .297 with three home runs, 17 RBIs, seven doubles and three stolen bases in 36 games at Buffalo (Triple-A) with a .422 SLG.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Buffalo May 18 when OF Kevin Pillar was placed on the suspended list.
MLB Debut Date: 05/18/17
|May 18, in a 9-0 win over the Braves. An early-game replacement in left field, he went 0-for-2 with a walk. Coming on in the bottom of the third inning to replace outfielder Darrell Ceciliani, who had dislocated his shoulder while hitting a two-run homer in the top of the inning, Smith came in to play left field while starting left fielder Ezequiel Carrera moved from left to center. In the fourth inning, with two on and no one out, he drew a walk from left-handed reliever Sam Freeman but was eventually out at second when Darwin Barney hit into a double play. In the sixth, he struck out swinging to end the inning. In the ninth, he grounded out to shortstop against right-handed reliever Ian Krol.|
|The son of much-loved former outfielder Dwight Smith (Sr., now) who finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting with the Cubs in 1989 (losing to his outfield-mate Jerome Walton that year), the younger Smith was drafted with the 53rd pick overall out of McIntosh (Georgia) High School in 2011 and combines some decent pop and decent speed into a multi-tooled package. 2017 marked his Triple-A debut after he hit .265 with 15 home runs, 74 RBIs, 24 doubles, 12 stolen bases and a .433 SLG at New Hampshire (Double-A) in 2016. He'd put up similar numbers there the previous year but in 2016 more than doubled his home-run output. He also earned MiLB organization all-star honors in 2016 for the second year in his career (he received them in 2014 as well when he hit .284 with 12 home runs, 60 RBIs, 15 steals and 28 doubles at High A Dunedin). While his promotion may have looked temporary at the time, the apparent long-term loss of Darrell Ceciliani in-game to a dislocated shoulder and a glut of injuries on the Jays staff could mean Smith may stick around a little longer than might have been planned.|